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University Programs for Older Adults

  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), at Long Beach State is a center within the College of Health and Human Services that offers non-credit classes to adults 50 and older on campus (HSD 101), at Leisure World, on Pine Avenue in downtown Long Beach, at the Alpert Jewish Community Center, and at American Goldstar Manor.” Founded in 1996, OLLI’s mission is to provide educational opportunities and social connections to enhance personal development and quality of life for its 1900 and growing membership.”

          Contact: Dr. Barbara White (barbara.white@csulb.edu)

  • LifeFit is a health and fitness facility for Long Beach community members age 49+ and CSULB employees of all ages. The Center is an educational laboratory for the College of Health and Human Services and aims to promote intergenerational relationships between our members, staff, interns, and CSULB students. 

Contact: Asia Yates (asia.yates@csulb.edu)

Social Services

  • Pathways Volunteer Hospice is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to providing service to the frail, elderly, terminally ill and providing compassionate support to grieving families. Over 30 years of experience, Pathways continue to provide ever-increasing services in over a dozen surrounding communities.

Contact: Cindy Skovgard (cindy@pathwayshospice.com)

  • Heart of Ida is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping older adults preserve their independence and comfortable lifestyle, serves as a vital resource for older adults who are interested in learning more about programs, activities, and services in Long Beach. At The Heart of Ida, services such as fall prevention and social engagement programs are offered as a way to reduce social isolation and learn about safe in-home practices. 

Contact: Dina Berg (dbheartofida@gmail.com)         562.570.3548

  • Meals on Wheels is a non-profit community service for persons unable to prepare adequate meals for themselves because of disability, age or chronic or temporary illness, thus assisting them to remain in their own homes. MOWLB provides home delivery of two nutritionally balanced meals per day at nominal cost and is available to all Long Beach, Signal Hill, and Leisure World Seal Beach residents, regardless of age. 

Contact: 562.439.5000

Government and Advocacy

  • The City of Long Beach Healthy Aging Center, under the Department of Health and Human Services and in partnership with Parks, Recreation & Marine, works to bring together local area agencies to strengthen structures, services and programs that are inclusive of older adults, promote an online database platform to raise awareness of existing services in the Long Beach area, identify work to streamline referrals, enhance service coordination and identify common goals across existing efforts to strengthen the capacity of the City and its partners to meet the varying needs, capacities and interest of older adults.

Contact: Mercedes Perezchica (mercedes.perezchica@longbeach.gov)

  • The Long Beach Gray Panthers, a non-profit organization that advocates for social and economic justice, a clean sustainable environment, and quality health care for all, provides education and advocacy for older adults. Focusing on ensuring a quality life and services for older adults, the Long Beach Gray Panthers are committed to collaborating with community partners such as the California Alliance for Retired Americans and local legislators. in order to advocate for legislation that will support the needs of older adults.

Contact: Myron Wollin, President (longbeachgraypanthers@gmail.com)         562.353.7015

Senior Centers

  • The Long Beach Senior Center and five satellite senior centers are operated by the City of Long Beach and the Department of Parks Recreation and Marine and offer activities and services tailored to the interests and needs of adults age 50 and over. Additionally, there are other facilities that offer senior activities and classes.

Contact: 562.570.3533 or 562.570.3534

  • The LGBTQ Center: Long Beach, formed a senior services planning committee to explore how our organization can better serve LGBTQ older adults in our community. As part of this exploratory process, The Center is proud to announce that they have launched several new programs to reach those seasoned members of our community.

Contact: Dominique Hernandez (dhernandez@centerlb.org)

  • Bazzeni Wellness Center: Dignity Health - St. Mary Medical Center is a place for older adults to socialize, participate in educational programs, receive human services and enjoy recreational activities. Designed to meet the special needs of the city's growing senior population, age 50 and older, the Wellness Center strives to provide adults with the tools to manage and maintain optimum health. 

Contact: Kit Katz (kit.katz@dignityhealth.org)

Contact: Sergio Garcia (sergio.garcia@usw.salvationarmy.org)

Caregiver Resources

Support Groups

Family Caregiver Alliance National Center on Caregiving (formerly Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center) 

"Our mission is to help families and communities master the challenges of caring for older adults with brain impairing conditions and/or adults with multiple health concerns." 


USC School of Gerontology 
3715 McClintock Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90089 


Contact: Email: fcspgero@usc.edu         855.872.6060 (toll-free)         Facebook         Twitter

 

  • USC Family Caregiver Support Group, located at the USC School of Gerontology, 3715 McClintock Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90089, sponsors a support group the 4th Thursday of every Month

Contact Facilitator: Yvonne Kuo 213.821.6119  

 

  • Jewish Family and Children's Services (JFCS), located at (3801 E. Willow St. Long Beach, CA 90815) offers a Caregiver Support Group, free of charge, twice monthly (2nd and 4th Thursdays of the Month from 5:00-6:30 pm).

Many attendees are currently supporting older adult family members.  

If interested, please call 562.427.7916 for updated information before attending.  

 

For more information call the VA Caregiver Support Line at 855.260.3274.

 

  • The Southland Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association holds a support group in Long Beach, 3rd Thursday of each month, 10-11:30 a.m.@ Skills4Care (at the Namaste Center for Spiritual Living) located at 129 W. 5th St., Long Beach, CA 90802. Please call Patricia Piar at 562.795.5762.  

They also hold several Telephone Caregiver Support Groups:

ENGLISH: First Monday of the month, 1-2:30 p.m. (except for July and September when the group will meet the 2nd Monday of the month due to a holiday).

SPANISH: Group/Grupo de Ayuda Telefónica 4th Tuesday of each month/4to martes del mes,1-2:30 p.m.Please contact Milagros Chumpitaz, MSW at 909.406.5349 or mchumpitaz@alz.org for more information. Por favor comuniquesecon Milagros Chumpitaz, MSW al 909.406.5349mchumpitaz@alz.org para mas información.

For more information on local support groups, see the Southland Chapter support group website above.

General resources

  • AARP Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Guide

AARP developed this resource guide with caregivers in mind as a starting point to help locate the services for support and need throughout the caregiving journey. The resource guide can assist in the following ways: 

 

- Help you get the type of assistance you need. This directory lists many government and nonprofit resources, which you can access both in-person and online. 

Help you connect with others. You’ll discover, if you have not already, that you’re a part of a community of caregivers and caregiver supporters. You are truly not alone.

- Help take care of yourself. This is is vitally important but something that many caregivers often overlook. The act of caregiving can take a physical and mental toll on the caregiver. So, it’s important that you make self-care a top priority."  

LA Caregiver Resource Guide (PDF)

Led by Jon Shaeffer  

 

Through personalized activity programming, participants are allowed the opportunity to engage in stimulating activities and build meaningful friendships while family caregivers are offered deserved support and respite. 

Books

"Dr. Woodson shares her experience as daughter and geriatrician in this new resource for family caregivers. The book shoots from the hip and from the heart, using everyday language, real caregiver stories, compassion and humor to bring practical information to overwhelmed caregivers. Although it focuses on elder care, the book helps with caregiving for any age, or any illness. This guide encourages caregivers to protect their own health, finances and relationships while they make the tough decisions and give great care."

"Alzheimer’s-related caregiving duties present expected and unexpected costs for full-time employed caregivers, employers, and society. Research indicates that caregivers provide more than forty hours per week, caring for a relative with Alzheimer’s disease. The dual responsibilities and pressures of caregiving while remaining active in the general workforce may cause stress and loss of productivity at work. As the Alzheimer’s disease progresses in the patient, a caregiver is less likely to engage in more challenging workplace activities or accept additional roles of responsibility, promotions, or relocation opportunities. Just as the employed caregiver takes on a dual role when providing care for the Alzheimer’s patient, Alzheimer’s disease plays a dual role in depleting the life of both the patient and the caregiver. This book explores some of the challenges related to the dual roles of a working caregiver and the demands faced caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease."